IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Memory: Study the sample answers to the topic questions about memory or memorization. Learn topic vocabulary, and collocations, and understand how the speaker developed his answers targeting the criteria, Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, and Grammar Range and Accuracy. 


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ielts speaking part 1 memory or memorizing

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Why do some people have a good memory and others don’t?


(Answer 1)


I dunno but I think that has something to do with age. The younger a person is the sharper his memory. As people age, they tend to forget things very easily, that is, they can’t remember where they keep their car keys or wallet or some forget their appointment schedule. These are pretty common among old people but rare for young people. 


(Answer 2)


I may be wrong but I really believe that’s because of intelligence. Some people who are smart have the best memory. I think their brain is functioning excellently that they can remember things quickly.  However, those who aren’t smart usually have difficulty remembering or recalling important things. I know I sound discriminatory (biased, unfair) but I based my answer on my personal observation. 


Why do more people rely on cellphones to remember things?


(Answer 1)


Why not? I believe smartphones make our lives more convenient, that, using a reminder application has become the most reliable way to memorize or remember things, especially for those people who are simply forgetful. I’ve been reliant (dependent) on my smartphone for years to make me remember important dates or events and I couldn’t be happier (to be very happy)


(Answer 2)


I believe people these days have lost faith in themselves. They don’t trust their memory to remember things. They allow themselves to be enslaved (make someone a slave) by these modern technologies even in remembering simple things such as anniversaries or birthdays. It’s pretty common among people these days to set an alarm for important dates so they’re reminded. Yes, it’s too convenient, but because of too convenience people are losing trust in their memory skills. 


Are you good at memorizing things?


(Answer 1)


Unfortunately not. Honestly, when I was a student, I didn’t perform well in our history classes because of my poor memorization skills. As you know, the subject of history needs a lot of memorization – memorizing the important events or dates in the past or the significant people who contributed something valuable to society. I’m bad at memorizing things because I believe I haven’t taken the trouble (to make an effort)  to improve my memory skills. 


(Answer 2)


I’m very proud to say, yes. I can easily memorize or remember things. I believe this is because I’m a wide reader. When you’re into (be interested in something) reading, your memory becomes so active. Reading is a very good exercise for one’s brain and that makes me develop my skills in memorizing and remembering things. 



(Answer 1)


As I said, I’m forgetful, so more often than not, there have been times that I miss some important events in my life. Well, this question reminds me of the time I forgot my flight schedule, business meeting, and anniversaries.  This happens many times in my life because of my carelessness. And the price to pay (the unpleasant or difficult aspect of something that one must face) for being careless is too much. 


(Answer 2)


Yes, I have and I think that’s human nature (natural). No one’s perfect at remembering important things always. We all fail to remember those important things, sometimes, and that’s being human. In my experience, the worst thing that I experienced for not remembering something important was last year. I missed my flight going abroad and it cost me so much. 


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